Personal Branding and the Art of Defining “Brand You”

This post’s key takeaways:

  1. Brands are not just products; they’re people too—including you
  2. At work, your reputation is your brand, and you always have the opportunity to change perceptions by focusing in on what makes you special
  3. Being clear about what your personal brand statement is at work is key; writing it down sets the intention and underscores where you make a difference
  4. Use this template to help you hone in on what your relevant, go-to skills are for the organization you work for

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From Whining to Winning: How to Complain at Work and Get Ahead

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This post’s key takeaways:

  1. If you complain to your boss more than just rarely, you risk losing their engagement and support
  2. Managers typically respond to complaints in one of three ways: with sympathy, with action or with apathy; learning how to read these signals is critical
  3. Employees who turn complaints into opportunities are good; those who go the extra step to propose a real solution are great
  4. Download a template to propose your solution in a professional, well thought out and buttoned up way; your boss will thank you for it

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Time is not the Problem; Your Priorities are.

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This post’s key takeaways:

  1. Time is not a limiting factor; the way you structure your priorities are
  2. When talking to your manager about workload, shift the focus from one of ‘time’ to one of ‘priority’
  3. To be most effective, use a value-based prioritization approach to cordon off your workload; specific comments on how to do this are below
  4. Download a template project tracker to start developing your own value-based prioritization approach

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